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Austria on Tuesday rejected a plea for other European Union countries to accept illegal immigrants from Italy, following a surge in arrivals on Lampedusa that seems likely to expose deep-seated divisions across the bloc over migration. More than 2,000 mostly African illegal immigrants have reached the tiny island off Italy’s southern coast by boat since Sunday, overwhelming its reception center. On Monday, the EU’s home affairs commissioner Ylva Johansson called on member states to show solidarity with Italy and support their relocation. The EU’s executive said on Tuesday it had not yet received any pledges from countries to take any of them in. Austria would not do so. “Austria is steering a very clear course: A distribution [of the Lampedusa immigrants] all over Europe is not an approach that will bring a solution,” its Europe minister, Karoline Edtstadler, said in Brussels. The EU should rather help people in Africa directly, …